9/10 for the Rochechouart hotel
The monumental corner facade is typical of the 1920s and of those beautiful addresses that Paris acquired at that time, heralding a new era in luxury hotels.
The Rochechouart reminds us of the time gone by the joy of living, to the rhythm of the swaying hips of Mistinguett or the dance step of Maurice Chevalier, among other councilors who frequented the place.
Previously called Le Carlton's, the hotel fell into the hands of a small French family hotel group, Orso.
Its leaders fell under the spell of this architecture of the Roaring Twenties, which, even sober, makes us travel outside of our daily lives.
A restoration inspired by its history and a subtle decoration make the charm of this establishment, anchored in one of the most touristic districts of Paris.
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8/10 The situation
At the top of the rue des Martyrs, near the Moulin-Rouge and the Butte Montmartre, in the Pigalle district, the location of the hotel is perfect for those who love this living Paris where the sacred meets the profane.
We reach the Paris Opera on foot in about fifteen minutes.
And the Boulevard de Rochechouart, border between the 9th and 18th arrondissements, has benefited from a rather pleasant redevelopment where the cycle paths weave their way under the tall trees.
9/10 The decor
In keeping with the original volumes, the decoration of the hotel, all in finesse, restores a cozy atmosphere where chic takes precedence over luxury, discretion over ostentatious and restraint over artifice.
The whole draws a certain poetry from a palette of warm, almost autumnal colors.
A muted green, an elegant bronze, an unexpected mocha, old yellows and reds patinated by age color the hotel with very trendy tones.
We owe this success to a duo of architects in their thirties, Charlotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay, from the Festen Architecture agency, who breathed into this restoration the freshness of their youth.
1/6 - The chic rooms of the Rochechouart are orchestrated by the duo of thirty-something architects, Charlotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay.
10/10 The bedrooms
There are 106 of them. Those located on the upper floors of this hotel, which has nine, offer an extravagant view of the Sacré-Coeur basilica, whose luminous dome seems to spring out into the night like a celestial vision.
The interior of the rooms, from the smallest to the largest, is very successful, dominated by colors like sienna and furnished with 1930s furniture that is as comfortable as it is beautiful.
Burl wood headboards, antique prints… Subtle lighting, with a few decorative finds such as a slightly unstructured marble leaf applique, make the room attractive.
Everything is done to hide what could alter this decor of yesteryear such as this art deco piece of furniture in which a minibar has been slipped.
The only lack of taste, an (empty?) Glass whiskey decanter, for which we would have preferred a beautiful crystal ... In the bathroom, the Orso group provides its own line of products under the Colomba brand (we are at Bizet!), Flavored with fig and wild fennel ...
10/10 At the table
The large brasserie which occupies the entire ground floor, with its original Art Deco decor and large windows, is of all the spaces in the hotel.
Large, very comfortable benches, made to allow you to stay for a long time, table linings with white cloth napkins and staff dressed in large revisited taupe aprons make you think of Eugène Atget's clichés of the Paris of yesteryear.
On the plate, we are not disappointed either by a classic cuisine of sure values where purees, for example, have taste.
Arctic char with white butter and seasonal vegetables is a must, as is a pancake cake for desserts, flavored with childhood memories of Louis Solanet, who presides over the destinies of the Orso group.
We have lunch and dinner at Rochechouart around 40-60 €.
9/10 The price-quality ratio
With a night ranging from 170 to 600 €, this hotel is a nice surprise and its superb catering has given this district, which is not lacking, a new appeal.
55, boulevard de Rochechouart, 75009. Tel.